German Program


SSU Giving Day in One Week SSU Giving Day!: Sonoma State's Giving Day is back on Thursday, April 4, 2024. For 24 hours, our entire community will come together to transform the future of Sonoma State. The Modern Languages and Literature Department is thrilled to be part of Giving Day! Alumni, donors, parents, faculty, staff, students, and community members can participate in the celebration and festivities. Donations of all sizes have a huge impact and help support student life initiatives, academic programs, athletics, student scholarships, enhancing research, and so much more!  Support the Modern Languages and Literature Department! Your support will be used to help SSU participate in the prestigious Fulbright Program. SSU has been the only university in California to host FLTAs who support our language students and serve as cultural ambassadors presenting campus-wide events for the entire university. This marks SSU as unique in the CSU and in the UC, and also provides critical support for our languages.  Donate here! Learn more and give on April 4, 2024 at
Arts and Humanities Student Symposium German Students at A&H Student Creative and Artistic Works Symposium: Thursday, March 28, 3:00-4:30 p.m., students from our beginning German class will present original German poetry, art work, a spoken word performance "Autos!" to photographs of race car competitions, and a piece by Johannes Brahms on clarinet.  Weill Hall Lobby will open at 2:00 p.m. to view the displays and stage performances will begin at 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception in Prelude.
Micheala Grobbel Faculty Spotlight: German Professor Michaela Grobbel presents remarks at an art exhibition opening.
German Film Series Fall 2023: Enjoy a German Film every other Wednesday at 7:15 pm in Darwin 107! All movies have English subtitles.
What can you learn in one semester of German? : Find out here!
Interested in taking a language courses at SSU? : Watch this short video to learn more about language classes at SSU from a student perspective!
Three Student Perspectives on Taking German at SSU: Three Student Testimonials  
The Mitzvah Project: April 10, 2023, 1:00-2:30 PM, Warren Auditorium in Ives Hall: Learn More Here!
Presentation on the Franco-German Partnership : March 13th at Salazar 1033. Join Fulbright FLTA Annabelle Alibert and SSU German Club President Gabriel Peterson for a fascinating presentation on the relationship of Germany and France through the context of the EU! 
Das Boot 12/6: Don't miss the last movie in the German film series of the semester! "Das Boot" is playing 12/7 at 7:15 PM, in Darwin 107! More info here!
Life in Germany, November 17th at 1PM: Please join visiting student from Germany, Laurin Ritter, for a compelling presentation about geography, political structure, education, transportation systems, and the way of life in Germany. Thursday, November 17th at 1PM in International Hall 107. All are welcome!
Kaffestunde!: Tuesdays from 12 to 12:50 in the Living Room at the Student Center.  
joe-p German Cultural Studies: Three Student Testimonials  
Molly B Why take German at SSU: A Student Perspective.
German Film Series Spring 2022: The German Club presents their Spring 2022 German Film Nights! All are welcome to join Yasemin, our Fulbright FLTA, and the German Club every other Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Darwin Hall 107!
Kaffeestunde_Spring 22 Kaffeestunde: SSU’s weekly informal German conversation hour facilitated by our Fulbright FLTA Yasemin Schünemann! Come and join us! We meet every Tuesday from noon to 12:50 p.m. in SIP/Student Center. Click here for more information!
Dear Thomas Film Thumbnail Image Invitation to German Film at Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco!: The Annual Berlin & Beyond Film Festival takes place March 11-16 in the beautiful Castro Theater in San Francisco.
The Integration of Turkish Guest workers in Germany The Integration of Turkish Guest workers in Germany: Today is the day! Don't forget to join Yasemin, our German Fulbright FLTA(Foreign Language Teaching Assistant). She will be presenting on the integration of Turkish Guest workers in Germany and will be giving personal insights about the topic. 
International Education Week: What does it mean to be German?: Join our Fulbright FLTA, Yasemin Schünemann, and our two PLFs, Gamze can and Lydia Bobb, as they answer questions and discuss experiences growing up in Germany. Click here for info and zoom link. 
Alumni Spotlight- Kelsi Mundell: Kelsi graduated in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in German. She was accepted into the Master’s Program of International Affairs at City University of New York Baruch College. Click here to read the full interview. 
German Club Upcoming Events!: Do you like coffee, movies, trivia, or board games? If you answered yes to any, then be sure to check out the German Club’s upcoming events!
Alumni Spotlight- Josephine Ockrassa: Josephine graduated from SSU in 2019 with a BA in German Cultural Studies, and a minor in Music. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree at SSU in History. Click here to see her full interview. 
German Film Screening & Discussion TODAY 9/29, 7:15 p.m. in 2020 Salazar: Hallo and Welcome to our third film screening of the German Klub!
Fall 2021 German Film Series Fall 2021 German Film Series: The German Club presents! All are welcome to join Yasemin, our Fulbright FLTA, and the German Club every other Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Salazar 2020! All movies are connected to German language and literature classes at SSU! It is FREE for everyone and there are English subtitles!
Webinar: Study in Germany Webinar: Study in Germany: Go to youtube video.
German webinar Thursday, April 29, 2021, 12 noon PDT Supercharge your Business Career with German!: Link for more information.
elena A fond farewell to Elena Magill: Our German Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for 2019-2020. We wish her all the best in the coming years.
alexandra We say auf wiedersehen to Alexandra Boecking: Our Language Teaching Assistant and Tutor from Germany. 

Please Note: We are not able to accept new German special majors in German Cultural Studies and new German minor students at this time. We are currently finalizing our new interdisciplinary minor in German Cultural Studies that we expect to have in place for Fall 2024. Please contact our Department Chair about the latest update.

Study German, and enrich your academic and career opportunities! Learning German and gaining valuable insights into the history and culture of the German-speaking countries can offer a competitive edge in our increasingly global world!

Study in Germany Land of Ideas
Study in Germany: Land of Ideas





What do we offer at SSU? Students may earn a German minor or an interdisciplinary major in German Cultural Studies. Or they may simply add two semesters of language study to boost graduate school and job applications! Being able to communicate in German and having a solid foundation in German history and culture enhances the study of other fields, such as history, political science, global studies, music, art history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines.

What is studying German worth? It might be more than you think!


Need German tutoring?

Schedule a session with our tutors in the SSU Tutorial Center. If you have any problems or questions, go to the Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC) on the ground floor of Schulz 1103 or call 664-2696.